The song was written and produced by Cruz alongside Fraser T Smith , and later released as the album's third single on April 5, Originally, Cruz wanted the female vocals to be done by Lady Gaga but opted to switch to Kesha due to heavy influence by Dr.
Luke and for finding her voice unique. The song was later re-recorded as an album bonus track for Kesha's debut album, Animal , and dubbed the "Kesha edit" or " Dirty Picture Pt. Lyrically, the song is about sending a dirty picture to a significant other whom you miss. Critical reception of the song was generally positive. Kesha and Cruz's collaboration and vocal work on the track were generally praised, although some critics noted that Kesha overtook the track, outshining Cruz.
The song's simple but effective lyrics were also positively received by music critics. Commercially, "Dirty Picture" fared well on the music charts.
The song also reached the top forty in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. The song's accompanying music video was filmed in Los Angeles and London and is presented as taking place in a house party. Luke , Cruz agreed to switch to then upcoming singer Kesha. Luke had been working with Kesha and Cruz found Kesha's voice to be distinctive and opted to switch to her featuring on the track.
Cruz commented on his decision, stating: "I was thinking about Lady Gaga at first, then I went to a meeting with Dr. Luke and he was telling me about this new girl he was working with. She hadn't done 'Tik Tok' or anything like that at that point. But I just thought she sounded really cool.
A very unique-sounding voice. I like that with artists, that as soon as you hear them on a song on the radio, you know immediately who that is without having to be told. She looked really sexy, and I just thought she was talented. Her voice was awesome. It had this — I hope she won't mind me saying this, but her voice has this kind of yodely quality to it, the way that she does things and the way that she ends words. I just loved that quality about it.
The song is written in the key of F Minor ; Cruz' vocal range spans from the note of Eb 4 to the note of F 5. Brad Wete of Entertainment Weekly compared the song to Cruz' prior single " Break Your Heart ", noting that Cruz had "struck gold" with the song and that "Dirty Picture" was the only song on the album with "equal caliber. The song actually transforms from one kind of a thing to another, depending who has their hand on the microphone. The Guardian ' s Caroline Sullivan first criticized Cruz for his evident "facelessness" in his music while reviewing his album; she, however, wrote that the song "saves the day" and wrote that it exemplified "British humour by impersonating a camera 'Snap, snap, click!
Anderson wrote, "Building from strobing, techno back beats, Taio melodically, and bluntly, asks his muse to take a few, er, risque pictures for him, before transitioning into speaking voice with the help of party queen Kesha. Robert Copsey of Digital Spy gave the single three out of a possible five stars.
Copsey wasn't convinced with Cruz's vocal work on the song commenting that Kesha takes over the track, "Cruz's vocals soar over the verses, his delicate tones fails to dent that deliciously trashy chorus.
Luckily, guest star Kesha more than steps up to the mark [ On the song's third week on the chart it reached its peak position of 16, where it remained for three weeks. The following week, it rose to position 21 and then proceeded to fall off the charts.
The music video for "Dirty Picture" was directed by Alex Herron  and it premiered online on May 24, Cruz explain the video's simplistic theme and recording saying, "It was shot in this really cool basement in LA.
We wanted it to look like a party scene, but not in a typical club, and it was really good fun. Kesha's shots were recorded in London because our schedules were all over the place, and then I shot the rest in LA. The video opens with Cruz driving a car speeding through the desert. It then cuts to a new scene where Cruz is at a house party where everyone is drinking and sending dirty text messages. Throughout the scenes Cruz is seen taking pictures with different women and singing karaoke. Kesha's vocals cut in and she is seen standing in a bathroom stall standing on top of a toilet "asking that her man do the same [and send a dirty picture].
The video then cuts back to the party where all of the party goers are seen " sexting , kissing , touching and bumping and grinding as the flashes flash. The video ends with Cruz and Kesha standing next to each other telling their loved ones to "click, click, snap" that dirty picture their way. Kesha re-recorded "Dirty Picture" for her debut studio album, Animal.
While being interviewed by Digital Spy Cruz explained how the cover initially came about and his view on the cover, "she asked me if she could do a version of the song where she sang the first verse and I thought that was a really cool idea. I really like both versions, and it's good that there are these two different versions out there, because fans of me get more of me on mine and [Kesha] fans get more of her on hers.
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